CLAREMONT, CA. – Head Coach Jill Pace earned her first collegiate win of her career as the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Basketball team defeated Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent La Verne 71-67 Monday night at Voelkel Gymnasium.
During the third quarter, senior Alaina Woo notched her 1,000th career point which makes her just the 12th athlete in Sagehen Women's Basketball history to reach the 1,000th point milestone.
Season Impact: With the win, the Sagehens earn their first win of the season and improve to 1-17 overall and 1-9 in SCIAC play. The Leopards now drop to 2-16 overall and 2-7 in conference play.
The Sagehens were led by their newest 1,000th point scorer in Woo who tallied a game-high 26 points in the win. Sophomore Keilani Ikehara notched 13 points and seven rebounds, sophomore Anita Romero had 12, senior Kacie Hitomi had eight and junior Anya Quig chipped in with nine points off of the bench.
The Leopards were led by Faye Osburn who tallied 11 points in the loss. Karli Kato had nine, Noelle Cobb with eight and Alexa Withers with seven.
The Sagehens played a solid defensive game against the Leopards as they held La Verne to just 40.6% from the field and forced the Leopards to turn the ball over 18 times.
Both teams came out in the first quarter and had their offenses working. The Sagehens took an early 6-4 lead but the Leopards came back and took the lead and ended the quarter with a 15-12 advantage.
After the Sagehens tied the game with a Woo three pointer, the Leopards came out in the second quarter and went on a 13-3 run to take a 28-18 with 6:46 remaining. Pomona-Pitzer came back to cut the lead down to just 34-29 heading into the half.
The Sagehens owned the third quarter as they outscored the Leopards 23-9. Pomona-Pitzer came out and sparked a quick 11-2 run to open up the quarter. Pomona-Pitzer then closed out the third with the last eight points of the quarter and held their largest lead of the game at 52-43 entering the fourth.
La Verne came back and began to slowly chip away at the Sagehens' lead throughout the fourth quarter. The Leopards pulled to within three points at 63-60 after a Faye Osburn three pointer with 2:48 remaining.
The Leopards had a chance to tie late as Bishop had an opportunity to convert an and-one layup with 1:01 left to go but missed the free throw and the Sagehens held a 65-64 lead.
On the ensuing possession the Sagehens came up huge as Hitomi hit a three with seconds left on the shot clock to give Pomona-Pitzer a four point lead at 68-64 with 21 seconds left.
The Sagehens hit three of their final four free throw attempts to ice the game late as they earned their first win of the season.
Up Next: The Sagehens will continue SCIAC play as they next travel to Cal Lutheran on Saturday, February 4th at 2:00 p.m.